Originally posted on Cooperative Catalyst:

Walls. We are surrounded by them in our schools. Usually a dull beige or institutional grey; they divide us from our colleagues, administrators, community, and sometimes even our students.

They also serve as a phenomenal metaphor for the state of education in this country.

How many people actually know what goes on in the educational factories that serve their communities? I would bet not many. From the affluent to the broken schools, we build a wall of secrecy in the business of educating children. Maybe because we don’t want community members to see what goes on (or doesn’t) on a daily basis. Heck, maybe we are just embarrassed that we haven’t changed much in the way of how we “do” in over 100 years – just ask your great-great grandmother.

In fact I would argue that we even build walls around the day to day operation in our classrooms. One of the hot topics…

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About Ryan Copeland

Ryan grew up in Maine and studied at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst before moving to Seattle in 2009. He has worked with school-age students in various settings for the past eight years, including two great years as a literacy specialist at Greenwood Elementary. He currently studies Elementary Education at Penn GSE.

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